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Today โ€” May 27th 2019NPR Technology

Troll Watch: City Infrastructures Targeted With Stolen NSA Hacking Tools

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Thomas Rid, professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, about how hackers are using software developed by the NSA to attack government computers.

  • May 26th 2019 at 23:06
Yesterday โ€” May 26th 2019NPR Technology

Need Help Deciphering That Vague Text Message? AI Wants To Help

By Susan Davis
Understanding and interpreting a text message isn

Texting is the go-to way to communicate these days, but it has its gray areas. Some companies have created apps that use artificial intelligence to help people text and communicate better.

(Image credit: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

  • May 26th 2019 at 14:31
Before yesterdayNPR Technology

Doctored Political Videos And Social Media

A doctored video featuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was shared widely online this week. Amanda Carpenter, author of Gaslighting America, tells NPR's Scott Simon how easily disinformation spreads.

  • May 25th 2019 at 14:20

Digital Forensics Expert Weighs In On Doctored Video Of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with digital forensics expert Hany Farid about a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which is being spread by conservative allies of President Trump.

  • May 24th 2019 at 23:25

Trump Orders An Additional 1,500 Troops To The Middle East

By Sasha Ingber
President Trump tells reporters in Washington on Friday that the United States intends to send about 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East.

The Pentagon would not say where the troops would be sent, other than that they would not be heading to Iraq and Syria. Some of the forces have already arrived in the region.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • May 24th 2019 at 22:02

Facebook Removed Nearly 3.4 Billion Fake Accounts In 6 Months

By Vanessa Romo
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, pictured earlier this month in France, told reporters on Thursday that the tech giant is making great strides in fighting hate speech and crime online.

Nearly all the phony accounts were caught by artificial intelligence and a boost in human monitoring. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said breaking up the company would make purging abusive accounts harder.

(Image credit: Francois Mori/AP)

  • May 24th 2019 at 00:58

Global Aviation Regulators Meet To Consider Timetable For Boeing's 737 Max

By David Schaper
A Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner being built for Turkish Airlines takes off on a test flight in Renton, Wash., on May 8. Passenger flights remain grounded worldwide as investigations continue into two fatal crashes involving the 737 Max aircraft.

Global aviation safety officials are meeting in Fort Worth to discuss how they will certify Boeing's 737 Max as airworthy and how soon the troubled plane can fly again.

(Image credit: Ted S. Warren/AP)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 19:21

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

By Richard Harris
Allen Institute in Seattle has produced a visualization of human cell division.

The nonprofit Allen Institute in Seattle has produced a visualization of human cell division that promises to be useful for professional scientists and curious amateurs alike.

(Image credit: Allen Institute)

  • May 22nd 2019 at 09:01

U.S. Postal Service Tests Self-Driving Trucks

By Vanessa Romo
A mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service makes deliveries at a Florida apartment complex in June 2018. The USPS has partnered with TuSimple to launch a multistate driverless semitruck test program on Tuesday. It doesn

The two-week pilot program will put five autonomous semitrucks on the road, making the journey between Phoenix and Dallas.

(Image credit: Brynn Anderson/AP)

  • May 22nd 2019 at 00:54

Ransomware Cyberattacks Knock Baltimore's City Services Offline

By Emily Sullivan
Ashley Merson and her brother Kevin sit on the porch of the house Ashley is trying to buy in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. A ransomware attack on the city

Baltimore is just the latest municipality hit with a ransomware attack. Residents can't use the city servers they need to purchase homes, pay online bills or email city workers.

(Image credit: Emily Sullivan/WYPR)

  • May 21st 2019 at 11:02

Google Restricts Huawei's Access To Android Systems After Trump Ban

By Jackie Northam

Google plans to restrict Huawei's access to Android systems. The move comes after the Trump administration added the Chinese tech giant to a trade blacklist on Thursday.

  • May 20th 2019 at 22:24

Microsoft President Brad Smith Discusses The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Microsoft President Brad Smith about why he thinks the government should regulate artificial intelligence, especially facial recognition technology.

  • May 20th 2019 at 22:24

FCC Chairman Endorses T-Mobile Merger With Sprint

By Merrit Kennedy
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday that he endorses the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.

"This is a unique opportunity to speed up the deployment of 5G throughout the United States and bring much faster mobile broadband to rural Americans," said chairman Ajit Pai.

(Image credit: Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

  • May 20th 2019 at 20:45

Trump Administration Eases Ban On Huawei After Technology Stocks Tumble

By Bobby Allyn
A Chinese man is silhouetted near the Huawei logo in Beijing on Thursday. The Trump administration issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning Huawei equipment from U.S. networks.

Alphabet's Google, which makes the Android operating system, had announced it would stop doing business with the Chinese company in compliance with a U.S. order.

(Image credit: Ng Han Guan/AP)

  • May 20th 2019 at 12:46

Billion-Dollar Gamble: How A 'Singular Hero' Helped Start A New Field In Physics

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Rich Isaacson, seen in his backyard in Pentagon City, Va., wrote his thesis on gravitational waves and says he always thought their existence would be proved sometime during his career. But he didn

In the 1970s, Rich Isaacson was presented with what seemed like a crazy idea: using lasers to detect gravitational waves. It became the biggest project the National Science Foundation had ever funded.

(Image credit: Ryan Kellman/NPR)

  • May 19th 2019 at 14:25

Microsoft Updates Old System To Respond To New Threat

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Brian Barrett, editor at Wired magazine, about the latest Windows XP patch and how an operating system abandoned by Microsoft is still used by millions worldwide.

  • May 18th 2019 at 14:12

Experts Talk Best Practices For Facial Recognition Technology

By Martin Kaste

San Francisco's move to ban facial recognition software has worried the industry, which would prefer regulation. But what should regulation look like? We talk to the experts on both sides.

  • May 17th 2019 at 22:23

White House Pushes To Report 'Political Bias' By Social Media Companies

By Aarti Shahani

The move follows Facebook's ban of many far-right figures for violating its hate speech policies and a U.S. refusal to work with governments and social media companies to fight extremism online.

  • May 17th 2019 at 22:23

China's Luckin Coffee Tries To Conquer A Nation Of Tea Drinkers

By Yuhan Xu
Luckin Coffee customers use an app and can pick up their coffee in three minutes or have it delivered. Above, a deliveryman in Beijing.

In less than two years, the Chinese brand has opened 2,300 stores — second in China only to Starbucks. The company went public on Nasdaq on Friday. And it's losing millions.

(Image credit: Wang Zhao /AFP/Getty Images)

  • May 17th 2019 at 15:07

"The Shadow War" Against The U.S.

CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto talks about it in his new book "The Shadow War: Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America."

(Image credit: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • May 16th 2019 at 17:31
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